About 300 New York Times staffers have staged a walkout to protest management’s position on contract negotiations.
The staffers, members of the Newspaper Guild of New York, are collectively walking out of the New York Times building in Manhattan.
The staffers are calling the paper’s demands “untenable and destructive” as the latest offer from Times negotiators “insisted on major cuts to our wages and benefits.”
According to glassdoor, the average salary for a New York Times staff editor in New York City is $93,571.
Katherine Fung at The Huffington Post reports that earlier this year “employees held a silent protest outside a meeting of top editors, and demonstrated outside the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Angry staffers also made their demands heard in a series of videos.””
The union members reportedly received a letter from Grant Glickson, the unit chair for the Newspaper Guild of New York at the Times, that said in part:
There is no longer any time to waste. At every bargaining session for the last year and a half, negotiators for The Times have offered us the same poisoned chalice: perpetually shrinking compensation.
Today we begin a series of actions to make sure that the company hears and understands our position. We have more than earned fair wages and benefits. We will accept nothing less.
They threaten to declare impasse; they burn up hours on low-farce; then they slap down another version of their repugnant demands to cut our compensation.
It is long past time for the company and its negotiators to pay attention to what matters most of all to us. Together, we can make sure that happens. Join in, as beginning today, we will repeat our message until they hear it:
Nothing less than fair wages and benefits.
And don’t stop until they get the message.
The Mobilization Committee.
The staffers walked up Eighth Avenue to the 41st Street lobby entrance, and then returned back to their desks with small protest stickers.
Negotiations resume at Proskauer Rose, the company’s law firm, at 10 A.M. on Tuesday. Daily Kos reports that Times management “has retained lawyers from the firm that represented the National Football League as it locked out its referees.”